Joshua Woodman (c.1636 - 1703) MP

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Birthplace: Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: Died in Newbury, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
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About Joshua Woodman

Joshua Woodman: Newbury, MA Joshua Woodman, born 1636 in Newbury, Massachusetts, son of Edward and Joanna (Salway) Woodman; married Elizabeth Stevens, January 22, 1666, at Newbury. She was born 1645 in Andover, Massachusetts, daughter of Captain John & Elizabeth (Parker) Stevens of Andover who emigrated from Caversham, Oxford County, England and probably came on the ship "Confidence" in 1638 from Southampton, England. Joshua and Elizabeth settled at Andover and Newbury and may have lived for a time in Haverhill, Massachusetts, as he owned considerable land there. She died in 1714 and is probably buried in Byfield. He died May 30, 1703, aged 67 years, and is buried in the graveyard adjoining the Byfield Parish meeting house .

Many early genealogies and history books implied that Byfield was a town. It was a parish, not a town. The meeting house (church) was built in 1701/2 "on the line" between Newbury and Rowley--half in Newbury, half in Rowley. It is said that one pew was so placed that a man and his wife could worship in the same pew, but in different towns. The parish of today includes parts of Newbury, Rowley and Georgetown.

Joshua Woodman, son of Mr. Edward Woodman, was the first "man child" of English parentage to be born in Newbury. The first child born was Mary, daughter of Thomas Browne from Christian Malford, Wiltshire, England.

Joshua lived in both Andover and Newbury. It appears he also could have lived for a time in Haverhill, Massachusetts where he owned considerable land and where he built a house about the time of his marriage. After he was 60 years of age he bought 12 acres of land in the upper woods from Benjamin Lowle of Newbury, bounded northerly by the highway upon the Merrimack River, commonly called the "freehold lots." There is no record of Joshua building or living on this property. Shortly after his death it was sold by his three sons to Thomas Williams.

Joshua and his son Joshua, Jr. were, no doubt, living in the Byfield section of Newbury in 1701 when they had half their ministry rate abated by the Newbury Church. We must assume this abatement was given because they were already contributing to the new parish church being built in the Byfield section of the town. From town records we find (orthography is accurate as recorded):

"At a Legal meeting of the Freeholders and Ppior<sup>rs</sup> of Newbury, December 9th 1701 Massachussetts. Thomas Noyes esq. Moderator . . . . Upon request of m Elizabeth Dumer, m Joshua Woodman, . . . Joshua Woodman Jn the one half of the rate heere may be abated for this next year . . . . Ppriet<sup>rs</sup> of Newbury grant theyr proposition."

John Louis Ewell, in his book "The Story of Byfield", stated: " . . . it may be said that Mrs. Elizabeth Dummer probably lived on Fatherland Farm, and the old Woodman place is on Fruit Street . . . . . . ." Another indication of his residence being in Newbury at the turn of the century.

The Parish of Byfield has many old homes dating from the 1700's and a few even earlier, including the Elijah Pearson house, which is said to have been built by Joshua Woodman. From this we may determine that Joshua was a joyner (carpenter); however, he could also have been a yeoman, or husbandman, or all three. Neither property deeds or his will listed his occupation.

The will of Joshua Woodman reads, in part: "In the name of God & by his assistance I Joshua Woodman Senior of Newbury in the County of Essex in the province of the Massachussetts, New England Doe humbly comitt my Soul . . . . And for my Worldly Goods I doe Dispose as is here after Expressed.

Imprimus to Elizabeth my Dear & Loving Wife I give all my stock and moveable Goods for her comfortable maintenance during her naturall Life & in her Life or at her death to be divided or Disposed of according to her Discretion. And in case my Wife Elizabeth shall Dye without disposeing any or all . . . . What remains undisposed of shall be Equally Divided amoung my three Daughters Elizabeth, Sarah and Mary after my son Jonathan shall have Received out of it fourscore pounds with what he hath already had . . . also my Three Daughters aboved mention haveing Already received about Seventee pounds.

I forbear to mention my Dear & Loving Daughter, Dorothy in this my Laast Will Because Shee hath allready Received her full portion.

Item. To my Sons Joshua Woodman, David Woodman & Benjamin Woodman, I give all my Lands both upland & Meadow With all the priviledges thereunto belonging Lyeing on the north side of Merrimack River . . . but they shall not any of them Come to the actuall possession of it, but by and with Consent of their mother during her Life being now left for her use and advantage."

The inscription on the headstone* marking the grave of Joshua Woodman in the Byfield Parish churchyard reads:

Here Lies y Body of M

JOSHUAH WOODMAN

Who Died May y 30th

1703 Aged - 67 Years

First Man Child Borne

In Newbury

& Second Intruid In

This Place

Children of Lt. Edward1 Woodman and Joanna Salway were as follows:+ 2. i. EDWARD 2 WOODM AN, born 14 March 1628 in Christian Malford, Wiltshire, England; married Mary

Goodridge.

3. ii. JANE WOODMAN was born circa 1630 in Corsham, Wiltshire, England.9 She was buried on 4 July 1633 in St. Bartholomew's Church, Corsham, Wiltshire, England.10,11,12

+ 4. iii. CAPT. JOHN WOODMAN , born circa 1634 in Corsham, Wiltshire, England; married Mary Field; married Sarah Burnham.

+ 5. iv. JOSHUA WOODMAN , born circa 1636 in Newbury, Massachusetts; married Elizabeth Stevens. + 6. v. MARY WOODMAN , born circa 1638/39 in Newbury, Massachusetts; married John Brown.+ 7. vi. S

ARAH WOODMAN , born 12 January 1641/42 in Newbury, Massachusetts; married John Kent Jr. + 8. vii. SGT. JONATHAN WOODMAN , born 5 November 1643 in Newbury, Massachusetts; married Hannah Hilton. + 9. viii. RUTH WOODMAN , born 28 March 1646 in Newbury, Massachusetts; married Benjamin Lowell.

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Joshua Woodman's Timeline

1636
1636
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1666
January 22, 1666
Age 30
Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1667
February 6, 1667
Age 31
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1669
November 13, 1669
Age 33
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1672
April 2, 1672
Age 36
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, United States of America
1676
June 30, 1676
Age 40
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States of America
1677
September 20, 1677
Age 41
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1680
July 30, 1680
Age 44
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States of America
1683
June 27, 1683
Age 47
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, United States of America
1686
April 9, 1686
Age 50
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, United States of America